GeForce Now: Nvidia Burns Itself Over A Misunderstanding

GeForce Now – We might have never seen such a thing: Nvidia makes a fool of itself…

A few days ago, we wrote about the GeForce Now streaming service, which has been in beta for a few years. This service seems to be getting some interest, but Activision Blizzard‘s games (including the Call of Duty series, Overwatch, or Diablo III) have left the system per request of the publisher, and Nvidia’s announcement about it was worded in a way that these games could be streamed again.

Now comes the twist: an Nvidia representative told Bloomberg that the whole case is because of a misunderstanding. Activision wanted a commercial agreement between them and Nvidia before they agree to participate in the platform. However, Nvidia thought that the beta period included the 90-day trial period for the founders (the early subscribers). The GPU-manufacturing company was wrong. Let’s see what they had to say about it:

„Activision Blizzard has been a fantastic partner during the GeForce Now beta, which we took to include the free trial period for our founders’ membership. Recognizing the misunderstanding, we removed their games from our service, with the hope we can work with them to re-enable these, and more, in the future,” Nvidia said. Activision Blizzard’s main issue with Nvidia’s service could be the fact that you don’t have to buy games on GeForce Now: if you already have a title on one of the supported stores, you can stream it without paying for the game (again). The publisher doesn’t want to surrender control over its games unless there’s some formal agreement.

So here’s the proper reason why the new competitor of game streaming (Google Stadia, PlayStation Now, Microsoft xCloud…) has lost a few games. Always make sure to read the small print.

Source: PCGamer

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